Ken Levine: No “Burning Desire” for a Bioshock Film

on November 15, 2011 11:45 AM

In an interview with IndustryGamers, Irrational Games director and Bioshock creator Ken Levine tells fans that a film based on the series is not in the near future. “We got very close to having it get made — we had a deal in place and a director,” he said. “But for us there’s no burning [desire] to have a movie made just to get it made.”

Initial murmurs about the project began back in 2008, with Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Ring) set at the helm. “I think the whole utopia-gone-wrong story that’s cleverly unveiled to players is just brimming with cinematic potential,” he commented at the time. “Of all the games I’ve played, this is one that I felt has a really strong narrative.” Unfortunately, budgetary constraints affected the production and in 2009 Verbinski left the project, stating, “I couldn’t really get past anybody that would spend the money that it would take to do it and keep an R rating. Alternately, I wasn’t really interested in pursuing a PG-13 version. Because the R rating is inherent.”

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) is the latest director to step up for the project, but Levine doesn’t seem optimistic. At all. Says the father of Bioshock: “For us and for Take-Two, it’s really got to be something that will a) give the fans something that they want, and b) for those who don’t know BioShock, really introduce them to something that is consistent with the game, and is it going to be a good representation of the game. But you know, we don’t have a need to get it made.”

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